"Celtic unique unit created in Castle Age. Exceptionally quick infantry unit."
|Cost|| 65 Food,|
|HP||65, 80 (Elite)|
|Attack||8, 13 (Elite)|
|Upgraded To||Elite Woad Raider|
|Cost to Upgrade||1000 Food |
The Woad Raider is the fastest non-hero Infantry unit in the entire game, roughly about the same speed as a Scout Cavalry. Because of this, they are a very effective raiding and scout unit. Due to their high attack they can hold its own against most non-unique Infantry units and can decimate most archers, though it pales in comparison to Cavalry and stronger variants of Infantry. They are also effective against Siege Weapons and are useful for destroying meddlesome Trebuchets. Woad Raiders are the go-to-guys if an enemy has a Wonder. They're fast and can bolt across the map to get to the Wonder and then use their attack bonus versus buildings to take the Wonder down with ease.
Woad is a plant found in the British Isles from which a blue pigment can be extracted. Celtic warriors painted themselves with this pigment prior to battle to look more fearsome and unnerve their enemies. Celtic warriors had been raiding more developed areas of Britain and Europe since ancient times. The Scots, for example, were originally Irish raiders who took lands from the Picts in north Britain that became Scotland. When the English sought to conquer the Celts inhabiting Ireland, Wales, and Scotland during the Middle Ages, the Celts were at a great disadvantage against the English mounted knights. The Celts often turned to guerrilla tactics, raiding English settlements and withdrawing before English armies arrived. Raiders painted with woad devastated the borderlands. A renowned woad raider was William Wallace of Scotland who rampaged through Northern England for a decade.
Upgrades: Forging, Iron Casting, Blast Furnace, Scale Mail Armor, Chain Mail Armor, Plate Mail Armor, Tracking, Squires, Conscription, Faith, Heresy, Herbal Medicine
Weaknesses: Skirmisher, Elite Skirmisher, Huskarl